Arguably the most ancient of the social media, wall paintings have been a persistent vehicle of cultural meaning management. The dynamics of myth markets are reflected in the sectarian murals of Northern Ireland. In this paper, we draw from consumer research literature on mythology and street art to explore the continuous revision of these wallscapes that seeks to address the enduring contradictions of civic ideology in contested political space. In particular, we focus on the use of classical, historical and pop-cultural mythologies to transform private space into public place. We examine the decommissioning of murals occurring in the wake of the Peace Accords, and speculate on the implications of the creation of a shared mythology for the future of mural painting and the state.
|Title of host publication||Myth and the Market: Proceedings of an interdisciplinary conference held in Carlingford, Ireland 19–21 June 2014|
|Publisher||University College Dublin, Press|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||Myth and the Market - Carlingford, Ireland|
Duration: 19 Jun 2014 → 21 Jun 2014
|Conference||Myth and the Market|
|Period||19/06/2014 → 21/06/2014|
- Mythology, street art, public place, political contestation
Downey, H., & Sherry, J. (2014). Modulating mythology in a post-traumatic era: Murals and re-imaging in Northern Ireland. In Myth and the Market: Proceedings of an interdisciplinary conference held in Carlingford, Ireland 19–21 June 2014 (pp. 281-304). University College Dublin, Press.